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"Free Our Dreams" and "Quest for Democracy" Highlight California’s Path to Justice Reform

On May 8th, groups from across California will come together in Sacramento to highlight the need for transformative justice policy reform that is strongly informed by the most impacted communities.

CJCJ Co-sponsored Bills Clear Senate Policy Committees

On April 4th, SB 190 and SB 439 passed Senate policy committees after strong testimony from legislators and advocates, and broad public support.

Sentencing Reform in California

CJCJ's executive director, Daniel Macallair, testified before the California Legislature on the need for increased uniformity in county implementation of sentencing laws to reduce mass incarceration. 

A “Yes” on Prop 57 Will End Direct File

Prop 57 strips prosecutors of the power to send youth directly to adult criminal court, returning full discretion to impartial juvenile court judges.

New Report: The Prosecution of Youth as Adults in California

A new report presents 2015 trends in California’s use of “direct file,” wherein prosecutors are granted sole discretion to file charges against youth as young as 14 years old directly in adult criminal court.

Treating Young Offenders Like Adults Is Bad Parenting

The Atlantic interviews CJCJ's Nisha Ajmani and Mike Males, and determines that district attorneys' unfettered power to prosecute youth as adults doesn't benefit anyone — except prosecutors.

June News from CJCJ: Two new reports and a trip to Alcatraz

CJCJ youth explore Alcatraz and strengthen bonds with mentors; new CJCJ reports examine the prosecution of youth as adults; and the Children's Waiting Rooms receive donations for families.

CJCJ in the news: Study, Certain CA Counties Charge Youth as Adults More Often

Public News Service interviews CJCJ's Maureen Washburn, co-author of a new report analyzing the prosecution of youth as adults. 

New Report! Direct File Rates Arbitrarily Rising for Youth of Color

A new report examining the prosecution of youth as adults in California documents variations by county in the use of “direct file” and its disproportionate impact on youth of color.

March newsletter: New Prop. 47 report, CASI updates & more!

Is Prop. 47 to Blame for California's 2015 Increase in Urban Crime?; California Sentencing Institute now includes 2013 data; CJCJ's Matt Snope presents on unemployment after incarceration.

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